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Professor Georgios Varouxakis


Professor of the History of Political Thought

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8374


I joined Queen Mary in 2006. I grew up and went to school in Crete. I studied History in Athens, Greece, and then came to England, where I completed an MA in Legal and Political Theory at University College London (UCL) and then a PhD in History at UCL. My work to date has concentrated on nineteenth-century political thought (British and French) with a particular emphasis on John Stuart Mill, and, to a lesser extent, Walter Bagehot, Matthew Arnold, Auguste Comte, Alexis de Tocqueville and François Guizot. I have also worked on political thought on nationalism and cosmopolitanism, empire, and on intellectual history of ideas of ‘Europe’ and ‘the West’ and attitudes towards the EEC/EU. I am currently writing "The West: The History of an Idea", to be published by Princeton University Press. I am Co-Director of the QMUL Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought. I am away during the academic year 2017-2018 as a Senior Research Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.


Research Interests:

My research interests include:

  • history of political thought (British, French and American, 19th-20th centuries)
  • history of international political thought/political thought on international relations
  • John Stuart Mill’s political thought and philosophy
  • political thought on nationalism, patriotism and cosmopolitanism
  • intellectual history of the idea of ‘Europe’ and attitudes towards ‘Europe’
  • history of the idea of ‘the West’
  • Anglo-French intellectual relations and mutual perceptions
  • political thought on empire and imperialism


Book monographs (single-authored):

Co-authored books

1. Contemporary France: An Introduction to French Politics and Society, co-authored with David Howarth (London: Arnold, 2003)
2. Αλληλεγγύη: δοκιμές [(in Greek): Solidarity: trials], co-authored with Gregoris Molivas (Athens: Nisos, 2016)

Edited or co-edited volumes:

Articles (selection):

Editorial Positions

PhD Supervision

I  welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • British or French political thought/intellectual history, 19th or 20th cent.
  • John Stuart Mill’s thought
  • History of international political thought/political thought on international relations.
  • Political thought on empire and imperialism.
  • Political thought on nationalism, patriotism, cosmopolitanism
  • History of historiography

Current PHD Students

  • Richard Knight – The case for the South: pro-Confederate arguments in Britain during the American Civil War
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